- The company Containerships has welcomed its first LNG powered vessel.
- The vessel is identified to be the first newbuilds based on this technology to serve regularly European ports and trade.
- The company looks forward to the constant growth of LNG-fuelled transport capacity on land logistics.
On December 13, Containerships announced the delivery of its first LNG-powered container vessel delivered to the company at Wenchong Shipyard, China.
The vessel christened as ‘M/S Containerships Nord’ uses LNG as its primary fuel source. The vessel is identified to be the first newbuilds based on this technology to serve regularly European ports and trade.
Containerships’ CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen said, “By taking this decision, we accepted the challenge of building with a new technology. It has been a rewarding project full of learning opportunities. This project has required high levels of expertise and constant development. Success requires excellent co-operation between the involved parties. Needless to describe how proud and enthusiastic we are of having received the first vessel”.
LNG based door-to-door supply chain
The company’s LNG-concept spreads out from sea to land; the target is to create a complete, LNG based door-to-door supply chain in Europe. In addition to LNG-powered vessels, the company looks for constant growth of LNG-fuelled transport capacity on land logistics by investing in LNG-fuelled trucks.
The vessel embarked on her maiden journey towards Europe soon after her delivery and her sister vessels, three more in total, are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2019. All the newbuild LNG vessels have a capacity of 1,400 TEU.
LNG based customer service
The company is planning to offer its customers a service based on LNG to a large extent. Moreover, Containerships’ parent company, CMA CGM is also very committed to environmentally friendly LNG-technology and has sublet M/S Containerships Nord for its trade lanes.
Kari-Pekka Laaksonen said, “CMA CGM is the first deep-sea shipping line that has made public its commitment to LNG. There is a great synergy in our environmentally-friendly visions, which naturally gives us even more courage to continue on the chosen path”.
He further added, “Using LNG throughout the logistics supply chain saves up to 25% on contribution to Global Warming compared to traditional multimodal transportation. Compared to traditional land transportation, the number increases up to 60%”.
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